Melrose Action News

Next Crime “Meeting At Your Corner” Date and Location Set

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station will hold our next “Meeting At Your Corner” on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 7 p.m. sharp. The location will be at the corner of Waring Avenue at Harper Avenue. Map it Here.  Neighbors are invited to come meet our L.A.P.D. station commanders and our local community cop – the senior lead officer for our area.

This is your chance to hear about crime in your area and the perfect opportunity to share your issues and concerns directly with those responsible for our neighborhoods safety.  Also in attendance will be our Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz’ District Director John Darnell and our Los Angeles City Attorney’s “neighborhood prosecutor” Nooshi Zahiri.

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Our newest supporter “The Pizza Press” will be there with free pizza samples and giveaways while they last!  Check them out  and welcome them to the neighborhood!  Their new location is at the West Hollywood Gateway Center located below the Target store at Santa Monica Blvd. and La Brea Av. For more information on The Pizza Press click here. Refreshments and cookies courtesy of Melrose Action.

 

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Crime Alert: Armed Robbery at Gardner & Waring May Be Linked To Two Others That Same Night


manwcrimealertLAPD Wilshire is investigating — what may be a string of street robberies — that occurred late friday/early saturday morning this past weekend.

A female victim was walking in the area of Gardner/Waring late Friday evening August 12th, when 2 male Black suspects approached her and grabbed her purse. The victim struggled with the suspects to retain her purse and was struck by one of the suspects in the face. The suspects ran to a red hatchback and fled. There were two additional robberies (Clinton/Genesse and 800 block of Orange Grove Ave) that occurred within 15 minutes of the Gardner/Waring robbery. LAPD Wilshire detectives are investigating and need your help.  If you have any information about these crimes or have surveillance video of the streets near or at these sites, please contact LAPD Wilshire detectives at (213) 922-8205.

As a reminder, this is an urban area. When walking any street anywhere  always  keep your valuables (phones etc) out of sight and try not to walk alone if leaving an establishment late. Keep aware of your surrounds at all times.  Please join us for our next neighborhood crime meeting called “Meeting at your corner” on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the corner of Rosewood and Stanley.  Hear directly from our local Los Angeles Police Department personnel how to better protect yourself and how not to become a victim. Click here for map location of meeting.

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Date And Location Set For Next Neighborhood Crime “Meeting At Your Corner”

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station invite you to our next Meeting At Your Corner on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 7 p.m. set up at the corners of Rosewood Avenue and Stanley Avenue.  Click here for map location.   Everyone is invited to attend.  Come out and meet your local community cop – Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker, our local LAPD Wilshire commanders, special guests District Director John Darnell from Council member Paul Koretz’ office and L.A. City Attorney neighborhood prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri.

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Also — come sample free pizza and giveaways from our newest supporter The Pizza Press (while supplies last) and grab a free refreshment.  This neighborhood meet-up with our local police helps building stronger community/police partnerships and we encourage you to participate.  The discussion is about crime or quality of life issues that you’d like help with — this is your chance to speak up.  The format is question and answer and the meeting lasts about 1 hour.  See the flyer below. If you have any questions, please send us an email at moc.n1475039089oitca1475039089esorl1475039089em@su1475039089-tcat1475039089noc1475039089.

 

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Free Neighborhood Event This Tuesday!

nationalnightoutsolicitlogoMelrose Action together with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station and Los Angeles Council member Paul Koretz office will host our 8th Annual National Night Out event at Poinsettia Park Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Click here to map it

This years event will feature lots of great safety related exhibits and services plus food sampling from our awesome neighborhood supporters like Spartina LA, The Parlor, Melrose Umbrella Co., Just Food For Dogs and more!

Come down and meet and greet your L.A.P.D. first responders and share your appreciation for their service to our neighborhood and community.

Event Highlights include:

– Surprise Special Live Performance!

– Live DJ

– Free Giveaways from various exhibitors and activities for kids from City Target!

– Get a free tree if you are a resident of the City of Los Angeles (I.D. Required – While supplies last)

– Grab a free hot dog grilled up from one of our LAPD Senior Lead Officers!

– LAPD Classic Cars

– Los Angeles Fire Department

– Pet Adoptions!

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Latest Melrose Action Digital Crime Report Video

Check out the latest Melrose Action Digital Crime Report Video featuring our L.A.P.D. Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker.  Click in or tap the window below to watch.

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Or view it here if image or link is not working or not shown..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBlorJ2892c&feature=youtu.be

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Melrose Village Monthly Real Estate Report

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June 2016 Area Real Estate Report

Properties on the market…

AddressNumber of BedroomsBathsHome SqFtList PriceLot Size
630 N GENESEE AVE 845,032$1,875,0006,373
829 N MARTEL AVE 531,942$1,450,0007,012
714 N GENESEE AVE 321,405$1,250,0005,552
741 N VISTA ST 453,980$2,995,0006,204
736 N CURSON AVE 564,200$3,190,0006,500
637 N GARDNER ST 553,836$2,895,0005,836
849 N CURSON AVE 565,142$3,475,0006,505
611 N MARTEL AVE 453,979$2,799,0006,999
7714 WARING AVE 22908$799,0001,419
610 N STANLEY AVE 444,000$3,325,0006,506
616 N POINSETTIA PL 574,369$2,949,0006,946
612 N FULLER AVE 564,669$2,980,0007,334
721 N VISTA ST 45$2,799,0005,585
7194 W Formosa Fusion CT 341,586$1,149,0001,157
833 N GARDNER ST 564,857$3,375,0006,502
613 N GARDNER ST 332,935$1,999,0005,845
546 N MARTEL AVE 221,431$1,355,0004,730
848 N CURSON AVE 564,758$3,395,0006,507
715 N SPAULDING AVE 231,861$1,575,0005,216

Properties sold in the last 60 days..

AddressBedroomsBathsSize of HomeList PriceSold PriceLot Sz
822 N STANLEY AVE 422,451$1,450,000$1,480,0006,501
612 N SIERRA BONITA AVE 432,085$1,625,000$1,580,0006,500
635 N GARDNER ST 453,362$2,900,000$2,900,0005,838
7264 WILLOUGHBY AVE 32873$729,000$710,0001,793
717 N FULLER AVE 443,096$2,238,888$2,225,0008,242
7660 ROSEWOOD AVE 11744$769,000$851,0002,332
7463 WARING AVE 22804$975,000$1,050,0002,469
822 N SIERRA BONITA AVE 554,409$3,195,000$2,950,0006,500
600 N STANLEY AVE 211,284$1,250,000$1,200,0004,006
531 N STANLEY AVE 321,449$1,299,999$1,220,0006,354
900 N VISTA ST 321,540$1,295,000$1,200,0006,407
7216 Waring AVE 21729$799,900$750,0002,475
630 N Stanley AVE 211,032$1,099,000$1,310,0006,508
538 N FULLER AVE 454,600$3,495,000$3,325,0007,333
751 N OGDEN DR 321,480$1,399,000$1,460,0004,478

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Shooting Reported At Stanley and Melrose

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BREAKING LAPD Wilshire reports that a shooting occurred on the southwest corner of Stanley Ave at Melrose Avenue last night (Saturday, June 26th) at around 10 p.m..  Shots were reportedly fired into the Urban Outfitters store, smashing a glass pane (Picture below). Thankfully no one was struck or injured and police are investigating. A neighbor who asked not be identified said police on the scene suspect it may have been gang related but that has not been confirmed. Melrose at Stanley was cordoned off and was closed to traffic for a time while the incident was being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD Wilshire Detectives at (213) 922-8205.

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Melrose Video Crime Report

Here’s the latest Melrose Action Video Crime Report from our Los Angeles Police Department’s Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker. Officer Wecker is our “community cop”. Contact her about non-emergency neighborhood crime or nuisance issues. Here, in her first report, Officer Wecker discusses our upcoming “Meeting At Your Corner” neighborhood meet-up on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7 p.m. with her and L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station commanders. Other subjects touched on include how to prevent home and auto burglaries, fireworks on the 4th of July, our National Night Out event planned for this August. Check it out.

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How Did We Vote? Neighborhood Results of Democratic Presidential Contest

We did our own basic analysis of the 2016 Democratic Presidential Contest results of voting in our area (to date*) – bounded by Beverly Bl. on the south, Romaine St. on the north, La Cienega Bl. on the west and La Brea Ave. on the east. *These results are as of 6/8/2016 – these numbers are likely to change as mail-in ballots, provisional, etc have not been fully counted and reported as of this posting. 

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Crime Focused “Meeting At Your Corner” Announced

mayc622_bakMelrose Action Neighborhood Watch together with the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station have set our first “Meeting at Your Corner” date for Wednesday, June 22nd. The location will be at the corner of Curson and Waring Avenue and start at 7 p.m. This neighborhood “meet-up” will focus on the increase in crime in our area as well as traffic related issues.

Our newly appointed commanders from our Wilshire station will be on hand to meet with neighbors and share data on crime trends as well as hear and learn about your concerns relating to public safety.  Also present — our “community cop” Senior lead officer Inga Wecker, our Los Angeles city attorney neighborhood prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri, and John Darnell, Senior Deputy from Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz’ office.

The goal of these “meet-ups” is to help make our area safer by shedding light on issues that concern us all. Additionally, the mere presence of our police and neighbors gathering at a corner in our area can on it’s own be a deterrent to crime.

Tell your neighbors to join us. If you’re on Facebook please hit the share button below to help get the word out. This is the first in a series of  “Meetings at Your Corner” planned over the course of the summer.  If you’d like a future meeting to be considered at a corner near you or you’d like to help, just email us here.

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Melrose Village Monthly Real Estate Market Update

RealEstateMarketUpdatePhotoBy Thomas Hilel, Realtor

The real estate market in Los Angeles as a whole has been quite strong as of late, continuing on a multi-year trend that started in mid 2012 when the market as a whole bottomed out and the activity in our neighborhood is providing some of the best evidence of that. Between developers looking for projects, investors on the hunt for rental properties and owner/users; demand remains quite strong.

The overall level of transactions is up compared to this time last year with no indication of a decline in the near future.  For those looking to sell or trade up, this represents a fantastic time to make a move.  Whether you are looking to cash out or simply use your equity to trade up into a larger property, your timing couldn’t be better, it seems that almost every transaction I am involved in has multiple offers and ends up selling at over the asking price.

For those looking to enter our market, excitement about all the new happenings has never been more pronounced, inventory remains tight, but serious buyers who are working with great agents (naturally) are still finding wonderful homes.  Historically low interest rates continue to make ownership affordable (relatively speaking), and the opening of Spartina and Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron’s Wolf add two more very exciting restaurants to the mix.

ADDRESSSOLD PRICEBEDBATHS.FLOT SIZE
7722 CLINTON ST$820,000228102,251
7216 Waring AVE$750,000217292,475
7412 WARING AVE$982,500211,1203,626
735 N STANLEY AVE$1,279,500321,5006,298
506 N GARDNER ST$1,350,000211,4236,103
7514 CLINTON ST$1,295,000221,4362,846
439 N MARTEL AVE$1,500,000321,7866,999
724 N SPAULDING AVE$1,634,000321,7346,501
734 N GENESEE AVE$1,585,000231,4486,490
612 N SIERRA BONITA AVE$1,580,000432,0856,500
741 N ORANGE GROVE AVE$1,750,000321,9506,043
748 N DETROIT ST$2,650,000565,3216,666
635 N SIERRA BONITA AVE$2,800,000563,8105,851
635 N GARDNER ST$2,900,000453,3625,838
534 N STANLEY AVE$3,000,000454,3056,499
607 N CURSON AVE$3,210,000564,3396,500
538 N FULLER AVE$3,325,000454,6007,333

Contact Thomas Hilel via email here

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Homeowner From 800 N. Blk of Gardner St Suspected In West Hollywood Murder

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Site of Murder in West Hollywood

A murder that occurred yesterday in West Hollywood on the 8500 Blk of Holloway Drive has a connection to the Melrose area.

The same suspect arrested in the murder is thought to be the same person also arrested on 5/20 in our area on suspicion of a felony rape that occurred in the 800 North block of Gardner Street. It appears he committed the murder while out on $100,000 bail in the rape case.

The suspect, Blake Leibel, 35, owns a home in the 800 N. Blk of Gardner St. Since purchasing the home on Gardner, neighbors say that police have been called several times to that location. Some thought the past police visits were related to domestic issues.

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 12.54.32 PMOther neighbors say the Gardner home has recently become as a nuisance as a site of frequent late night parties — sometimes starting at 2 am or later.

A concerned neighbor living on that block recently circulated a flyer urging other neighbors to speak up and complain to police and the city attorney about the nuisance issues.  It’s not known if LAPD or the city attorney were taking any action as a result of complaints.

Neighbors tell us that they believe the suspect had been seen in the past breaking into the property on Gardner for unknown reasons.

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Don’t Get Hacked! LAPD Wilshire Issues Crime Alert About Your Car’s Keyless Remotes

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We doubt you’d be surprised to hear that criminals (of course) have figured out ways to hack into those remotes and get into your car with ease.  L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives recently issued a Crime Alert on this exploit.

Here’s some excerpts from a story that appeared in the magazine Wired about this new crime…

FOR YEARS, CAR owners with keyless entry systems have reported thieves approaching their vehicles with mysterious devices and effortlessly opening them in seconds. After having his Prius burgled repeatedly outside his Los Angeles home, the New York Times‘ former tech columnist Nick Bilton came to the conclusion that the thieves must be amplifying the signal from the key “fob” in the house to trick his car’s keyless entry system into thinking the key was in the thieves’ hand. He eventually resorted to keeping his keys in the freezer.

Now a group of German vehicle security researchers has released new findings about the extent of that wireless key hack, and their work ought to convince hundreds of thousands of drivers to keep their car keys next to their Pudding Pops. The Munich-based automobile club ADAC recently made public a study it had performed on dozens of cars to test a radio “amplification attack” that silently extends the range of unwitting drivers’ wireless key fobs to open cars and even start their ignitions!

The researchers say that 24 different vehicles from 19 different manufacturers were all vulnerable, allowing them to not only reliably unlock the target vehicles but also immediately drive them away!

“This clear vulnerability in [wireless] keys facilitates the work of thieves immensely”.“The radio connection between keys and car can easily be extended over 1000 feet, regardless of whether the original key is, for example, at home or in the pocket of the owner.” Apparently the attack device can be “had” for —are you ready for this — a mere $225.

Some of the manufacturers tested included BMW, Audi (A3, A4, A6), Ford, Honda, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, Lexus, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Range Rover’s Evoque, Nissan, Kia, and apparently Tesla who issued a software update that may thwart these exploits.  It’s advised that you check with your perspective auto manufacturer to see if your model is vulnerable.

Soccer superstar David Beckham’s $100,000 BMW was stolen using these new exploits. Read about it here

Here’s a short video from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.. This video says that they don’t see evidence hackers can start and steal your car outright but that contradicts the German study cited in this article.

In the meantime, here’s some tips to protect yourself just in case. You can try to keep your keyless remote in the freezer of your refrigerator — BUT– be careful that it not damages your car’s remotes batteries. Always check with your car dealer first!  Or, you can purchase your own “Faraday” cages here on Amazon.

Whatever you do — read up about these exploits — in these articles.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/news/a26327/hacked-keyless-entry/

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/03/25/keyless-entry-systems-vulnerable-simple-hack/

Time to stash your keyless car-entry fob in with the frozen pork chops

 

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Residents Weigh In, Most Neighbors Say No To Planned CVS Store/Liquor Store – Results of Survey Says

On Novcvs-pharmacy-logoember 7th, Melrose Action sent nearly 700 residents in the Melrose Village area an electronic survey asking them their opinions on the proposed CVS Pharmacy / Liquor Store / Minute Clinic at Melrose and Gardner St.  The results show that 70% of neighbors don’t want the CVS, and 17% voted they support it unmitigated and as is,  while 13% voiced support for it with conditions imposed on it’s operation.  122 people took part in the survey.

Attend the hearing on this issue this Tuesday, November 17th at 9:00AM at Los Angeles City Hall Room 1070 (Map it Here). You can also email your own opinions directly to the Zoning Administrator assigned to this case by clicking gro.y1475039089tical1475039089@mil.1475039089nnaoj1475039089.  Copy and paste the following info into the subject line of your email “7500 Melrose Avenue  ZA 2015-3269-CUB”.  To be transparent, a copy of the full survey results with comments is available here for download.  

Here are some of the 46 comments the survey received.

–“It’s a small neighborhood area letting a big, and I MEAN BIG, chain come in. That sucks. But if it’s going to happen, then PLEASE let the hours that liquor can be sold cut off at a certain time, like 10 PM or 11 PM as opposed to 2 AM.”

–“The neighborhood would be better served by a business such as the one that intended to move in – Fresh & Easy. Although they are not an option now, a smaller grocery or food boutique would be better for the residents.”

–“A CVS on Melrose may help out other businesses. I am not sure it is fair to put conditions and limits on this store and not others who sell liquor as they also bring in the negative elements into the neighborhood. CVS sells other items that neighbors and merchants may need, for this reason I am okay with bring in this store.”

–“I feel that without fully restricting the sales of alcohol the community will be impacted with the negative effects of intoxicated individuals, especially transients, that will result in an increase of incidents that require additional police attention. This location is too close to an elementary school and park (both children and family oriented).”

–“We could use a cvs!! I wholeheartedly support this and think it unfortunate that homeowners would not want a great business we can walk to in the neighborhood just because of the alcohol sales. We have no where to go in walking distance to buy milk or eggs in our neighborhood. I hope The neighborhood associations do not fight this because of fear about the perceived increase in transient issues. This is an ideal vendor in an ideal and central location for outr community. Please see the upside potential of convenience for the community. The space is an eyesore and has been empty long enough. We really need this store. I drive to the cvs on vine in order to go to cvs — fighting this is short sighted and smacks of nimby fearmongering/“

–“There is no need for these types of stores in this area. To many CVS type stores already exist why here. Also I do no support large businesses here especially retail of this kind, kills the neighbourhood feel of small scale local retail. This will bring neighbourhood down.”

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World Famous Melrose Avenue Landmark Closes It’s Doors

IMG_1106logo_JohnnyRocketsExclusive: Johnny Rockets, the last standing icon of the amazing 80’s era along Melrose Avenue has closed it’s original spot for good — Melrose Action has learned.

According to sources, employees were told early Monday Morning (October 26th) that the decision had been made to shutter the international chain’s very first store.

Crews removed all signage and employees were apparently offered positions at corporate locations that will remain open (Beverly Connection location is a franchise location).

Sources also say that Johnny Rockets could not come to “acceptable terms” with the property owner on a new lease and was faced with a hefty increase in rent.

The term “world famous” definitely applies when mentioning Johnny Rockets on Melrose as it lasted nearly 30 years at the corner of Melrose and Gardner where it opened on June 6th, 1986.

The corner of Melrose and Gardner is going through some big changes as a previously announced CVS Pharmacy store plans to open across the street while a brand new restaurant called “Spartina” opens soon next to Johnny Rockets.

Factoid from it’s website..

Ronn Teitelbaum, an award-winning men’s fashion retailer, launched the first Johnny Rockets on June 6, 1986, on Melrose Avenue, in Los Angeles, California. He founded the concept on the belief that everyone deserves a place where they can escape from today’s complicated world and experience the uncomplicated goodness of classic Americana. The name originated by combining the timeless Johnny Appleseed story with the classic Oldsmobile Rocket 88. Together, they embody the concept of classic Americana and the promise of the future. Johnny Rockets operates more than 340 franchise and corporate locations in 26 countries around the world.

 

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Outdoor Meeting On Crime Wednesday Night at Poinsettia Park

The state of public safety at Poinsettia Park and the surrounding area will the focus of discussion at the upcoming Meeting On Crime this coming Wednesday October 14th at 7:30pm. (Map it Here) This is the first to be held outdoors (on the lawn adjacent to Willoughby Ave) and is the third in an ongoing series of “meet-ups” with our L.A.P.D Wilshire Station officers and commanders.  This meeting is in response to a growing chorus of neighbors who say that safety at Poinsettia has become an significant issue again. Our new senior lead officer Inga Wecker will be present to meet everyone. Please come welcome her to the area and take a moment to educate her to points of concern on crime and nuisance issues. LAPD Wilshire’s commander Howard Leslie is also expected to attend along with John Darnell, District Director for council member Paul Koretz. Complimentary coffee will be served from our supporter Melrose Umbrella Company. Help get the word out on this meeting. Share it on Facebook and NextDoor. To see the latest area crime maps, click here. For breaking news, follow us on Twitter @melroseaction.meetingatyourcornerflyer2015-flyer

Click here to download the flyer for the meeting..

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24-Hour CVS Pharmacy/Liquor Store Seeks To Open At Melrose & Gardner St

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Melrose Action has learned that the long empty space at the southwest corner of Melrose Ave and Gardner St (see map) will become a CVS Pharmacy/Liquor store. According to sources, CVS is seeking a conditional use permit for a full “on-sale” Liquor license (6AM-2AM) along with 24-hour 7 days-a-week operating hours.  Additionally, we are told they plan to operate a “MinuteClinic” at the location. MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Health, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. Tell us what you think by adding your comments. Comments are for registered users of Melrose Action, not registered? Sign up by clicking Register Here. Please vote in our Poll below.

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Crime “Meeting At Your Corner” Continues At Poinsettia and Waring Wednesday Sept. 30 at 7PM

Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 12.39.27 PMOur “Meeting At Your Corner” tour continues with it’s next stop this Wednesday, September 30th at 7PM — at the corner of Waring and Poinsettia Place. Come meet your local Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz, welcome L.A.P.D. West Bureau Deputy Chief Bea Girmala, your Commander for Wilshire Station Howard Leslie, and our L.A.P.D. Senior Lead Officer.  Nooshi Zahiri, our L.A. City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor will present to hear about your nuisance issues. This is your chance to express your public safety concerns!  Other special guests are expected.  Please attend.  Tell your neighbors..Free Coffee, Water and Snacks..See map location here > https://goo.gl/maps/UWUsLtynbGF2.  Download and repost the official flyer to your neighborhood Facebook and NextDoor friends! Click here :  meetingatyourcornerflyer20152-flyer

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Melrose Action “Meeting At Your Corner” Kicks Off Wednesday Sept 16th at Corner of Waring and Curson Ave

Join us as we re-start our Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch “Meeting At Your Corner” Program This Wednesday, September 16th at 7:15PM!  The meeting will be at the corner of Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue.  Come out and meet — welcome our new (Interim) L.A.P.D.Senior Lead Officer Ray Moreno, L.A.P.D. Wilshire Commander Howard Leslie, along with other guests including our L.A. City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri, staff from Council Member Paul Koretz…and more!  This program is supported by the Melrose Business Improvement District! Grab a free water, coffee and cookies — courtesy of Melrose Action. Click here for Street View of Meeting Location, Click here for Google Map of Meeting Locationmeetingatyourcornerflyer2015-1

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Melrose Business Improvement District Hosts Free Breakfast This Sunday!

The Melrose Business Improvement District is hosting a Free Breakfast Mixer This Sunday for Melrose Area Residents!

If your a resident of the Melrose Area and want to find out about the Melrose B I D (Business Improvement District) and what’s happening to revitalize the street — then please come! Or, share your ideas!, You’re invited! RSVP Here!  http://www.melroseavela.com/events/melrose-bid-neighborhood-mixer/

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We Are Back!

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After a 6 month break,  we are rebooting our Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and our blog. We will be adding new content shortly.  While on a badly needed break, we’ve been waiting for the appointment of our new L.A.P.D. Senior Lead Officer.  As many of you know, Officer Art Gallegos was promoted to Sergeant and was transferred to the Pacific Division area back in April.  Approval to fill his position was only recently approved — so a new S.L.O. should be announced very soon. If you have questions, suggestions for stories or content, please email us at *protected email*!  Once a new SLO for our area is in place, we anticipate restarting our successful “Meetings at Your Corner” program.  Coming up will be our annual Melrose Action National Night Out at Poinsettia Park scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 – more details on that to come!

 

 

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Neighborhood Meeting Concerning Mega Mansions Announced

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Scores of homes in and around our area are being bought up by developers and then torn down to make way for new houses — what many call Mega Mansions or Mc Mansions.  Teams of realtors that represent these developers knock on doors, leave letters and flyers offering cash for owners to sell their homes and fast for quick cash.

Realtors tell us that the land value for a 6000 sq ft. “lot”  around the Melrose Area is running about $1.2 million. We say “lot” because these developers have no use for the older homes at all.  The houses being built to replace the older homes go on the real estate market for about $2.6 to $3.5 million or higher even.  Streets such as the 700 N. Block of Vista Street just north of Melrose are seeing 3 -4 new homes being built on that one block alone.  This is not just endemic of our area.

Many neighbors are outraged by the size and scope of these new houses and are demanding they be stopped or at least scaled down to a size that better fits the area we live in. Not every neighbor is against these new houses however.  Some say that they are improving the neighborhood, raising property values, bringing in more tax revenue to the city and county, and finally offering change to an area that has been stagnant for 50 years or more.  Opponents say that these developers could care less about the giant houses they build saying it’s all about greed and that they use loopholes in building codes to construct the biggest house on the most squarefootage possible and profiting handsomely and care nothing about improving the neighborhood. Proponents say that these “Mega Mansions” bring needed change and upgrades to our area. The debate is on!

Melrose Action has set a “Meeting on Mansionization” to be held this Wednesday December 10th at 7:30 PM at Poinsettia Park Recreation Center in the Big Gym.  Click here for Map Location . Officials from the City Of Los Angeles will be there.  If you have an opinion on this matter, for or against them —  you are encouraged to attend.  The flyer for this meeting can be downloaded here.  Please help get the word out.  Repost to your Facebook, Twitter pages and tell your neighbors!

Parking Restrictions Relaxed For the Meeting

Council Member Paul Koretz has relaxed Parking Restrictions in the area around the meeting. The times of the lifted restrictions are from 5 PM – 9 PM ONLY on Wednesday December 10th, 2014.  What this means is that the area from La Brea Avenue west to Stanley Avenue (including Stanley Avenue), and Melrose Avenue north to the West Hollywood border you will be able to park in Preferential Parking District / Permit parking spaces, Passenger or School Bus Loading Zones (White Curb), Street Cleaning, Time Limit Restricted Parking (e.g. “2 Hour Parking”), and Time of Day Restrictions (e.g. “No Parking 10am – 12pm’) without being ticketed.  You will NOT be need to have a parking permit in the those areas within the designated zone listed above to park on a street with parking permit requirements. To be clear, this is only good on Wednesday December 10th, 2014 from 5 PM – 9 PM ONLY.  Thanks to Council member Paul Koretz and staff for arranging this.

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Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested At Apartment Building On Sierra Bonita

Detectives from L.A.P.D. Hollywood and West Bureau Division arrested a resident in the 300 N. Block of Sierra Bonita on Wednesday September 24th – sierrabonitasignsuspected of Sexual Assault of two, possibly three women.  sierrabonitacaseThe suspect — Melrose Action learned — was  said to be a 9 year resident in an apartment building on Sierra Bonita.  Apparently victims may, may have been residents of the same building or lured there through ads for apartments for rent.  This same suspect was accused of sexual assault in a older case out of Massachusetts  – but the suspect was ultimately found not guilty, neighbors say. If you have any information that may help this investigation, please contact the L.A.P.D. at 1-877-ASK-LAPD..  More later..

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Pilot Program Will Make It Easier for L.A.P.D. and Animal Services To Issue New Fines for Dogs Off Leash and “Other Quality-of-Life Offenses”

CIMG3329Dog owners beware. Likely starting a month from now, Los Angeles Police and L.A. City Animal Services officers will soon be able to issue new “citations” to people who commit offenses like urinating in public,dumping trash on public streets, or having your dogs off leash on city streets and parks.  Other violations could include drinking in public, using fireworks, and smoking in prohibited areas.

Spearheaded by L.A. City Council member Paul Koretz, the new pilot program called “Administrative Citation Enforcement” gives city departments like the L.A.P.D. and Animal Services the ability to bypass the traditional court related route that would result in court fines and/or appearances.

Koretz told the L.A.Times that officers were usually reluctant to “initiate” court cases for minor offenses hence making it difficult to enforce these Quality-of-life issues. “There is no good appropriate action with teeth,” said Koretz, who proposed the concept for the program which was approved by the council last year. For instance, people can ignore repeated warnings about walking their dogs off leash, he said. “The city just needs a little clout,” Koretz said. “This is one of the most frequent complaints we get: that the city doesn’t enforce its regulation — and it’s true.”

According to the L.A. Times — Under the program, most first offenses would be $250, the second $500 and the third $1,000. Fines for animal-related offenses begin at $100, then increase to $250 and then $500. In each incident, officers can still decide whether to issue a warning, a financial penalty or a criminal case.

The program, which is expected to generate $1.59 million in net revenue annually, still requires final approval from Mayor Eric Garcetti before it can go into effect. It is believed the Mayor will back the measure.

What do you think about this new enforcement?  Please post your comments below.

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